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Sports Dentistry

Common Dental Injuries in Sports

Tooth knocked out:

It is possible to save your tooth but time is of the essence, call us immediately or head to the closest emergency room. In most cases, the opportunity to re-implant the tooth is limited to 30 minutes.

  • Do not attempt to DIY your tooth re-plantation
  • If you have cold milk available, this is the first choice to transport your tooth. The next best options are saliva, saline solution, and lastly water.
  • It is important to prevent the tooth from drying out and to not wrap it in anything.
  • Handle the tooth only by the crown, do not touch the root.

Tooth chipped/cracked:

Normally, we begin by taking an X-ray of the tooth to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. If you chip your tooth bad enough to expose the pulp, call us immediately. In some cases, we can fix a chipped or cracked tooth using a simple filling or bonding. In other cases, a chipped or cracked tooth affects the nerve of the tooth and requires more complicated treatment.

Tooth displaced:

  • If a tooth is re-arranged due to blunt force, the best course of action is to contact us immediately.
  • Do not attempt to move your tooth back to its original place.
  • If you experience any discomfort, apply ice but this is not a replacement for heading to the dentist.

Preventing Injury

While participating in sports, injuries are common, the best way to avoid dental injuries is to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards come in a variety of sizes and materials. We can assist you to choose the variety that will meet your child’s needs the best.

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